Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) was the founder of an order of Catholic nuns, the Missionaries of Charity, who continue her work amongst the destitute and dying of Calcutta, other cities in India and deprived areas all over the world. She said that Christ is present in those who are most in need of human comfort and care. Many people regard Mother Teresa as a saint, inspiring others to a life of devotion, self-sacrifice and service to the poorest:
"I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me." (Gospel of Matthew 25:35-36).
In England, said Mother Teresa,"people are suffering from terrible loneliness, terrible despair, terrible hatred, feeling unwanted, feeling helpless, feeling hopeless. They have forgotten how to smile, they have forgotten the beauty of the human touch. They are forgetting what is human love. They need someone who will understand and respect them."